3 out of 4 stars
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The dragons fled Verlaunde and came to Urthe, and that complicated the “work life” of Wyrtregon, the historian of the dragon kingdom. He now had too many events to recount, and this included the need to record the birth of the Dragon Child, Kaida—offspring to a human mother and a dragon father. Thus was born the legend of the Dragon Child.
Kaida grew up among the dragons and was raised as one of them. Separated from her family after a series of unfortunate events, Kaida lives for some time in the company of humans – Molakei and Flower Bird – and wolves – Sigrunn and Tyrianua. This group witnesses a “natural disaster” that literally turns their world upside down. Meanwhile, the dragons feel it within themselves that their dear Kaida is still alive and set out to look for her. They not only end up finding her but also find themselves befriending all the members of her newfound family.
Weaving all these diverse and interesting pieces of the puzzle together, The Legend: Revealed by Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait tells the story of Kaida and her soulmate – the dragon, Zlemtec, and how they visit the land of Kaida’s parents to put an end to the enmity between both groups and bring back peace among all. Will Kaida be able to successfully convince the “peoples” of both sides of her parents’ families to trust in each other and put an end to the wars they wage among themselves? Only The Legend: Revealed will provide the answers.
When I first started reading this book, it couldn’t quite catch my interest as it tried to encapsulate the entire book 1 in the series (The Legend of the Dragon Child) within the introduction. It was too much information and too many character names crammed into a small chapter.
However, as I proceeded reading the book, I found that it brought together dragons, faeries, humans, wolves, and so many more elements together for a thrilling read. It’s true that the dragon theme has been done to death recently; nevertheless, Ms. Cowperthwait has given a modern twist to her story and successfully made it original and endearing.
This book offers something of interest to everyone. From sibling rivalry among faeries to battling an assortment of enemies along the way to an unlikely romance between a dragon and human, there is never a dull moment. Though this book shows romance developing between Kaida and Zlemtec, it does not feature anything that can be categorized as “adult” content and that somehow made the book all the more likable. There is an overflow of imagination across the pages and anyone who picks this book up to read should approach it with an open mind.
The story is told in the third-person narrative, giving us a look into each of the main characters’ minds and actions. I liked being able to look at the events from diverse angles as it helped me relate to all the characters better and get emotionally invested in the plot. Of all the characters, I have to say I really liked Kaida, as she was caring and innocent when with her family and a fearless warrior when the time warranted it. However, I have to add that all of the main characters add to the story in a special way. I was able to form a connection to each of these characters from Kaida’s life – and that, to me, shows how talented the author really is.
The ending, if you haven’t guessed it yet, is a cliffhanger. I wish the book told more of the story before it concluded as it had me totally engrossed right up to that point. However, the ending is good enough for the reader to be left with a sense of anticipation of what is to come. I really can’t wait to lay my hands on book 3 in the series.
Overall, considering all the positive points above in the book’s favor and the negative points that the book did a messy job of summarizing the story of book 1 in the introduction and also had a few typos that were not edited out, I would rate The Legend: Revealed 3 out of 4 stars. Aspects of mystery, suspense, and romance combine with wonderful representations and delightful characters for a novel that was a joy to read. If you take pleasure in reading about magicians, supernatural creatures, and friendly relationships between humans and dragons, this is definitely a book you're going to want to pick up. However, if you cannot stomach books with too many characters or those that end as cliffhangers, you might not particularly enjoy this one.
The Legend: Revealed
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